There are lots of Information Technology professions out there such as programmers, system analysts, software engineers, database administrators, network administrators, and Chief Information Officers. Those professions are basically engineering professions that focus on the processing of information and data. Because of that, some of my personal statements of professional ethics are based on the code of ethics from NSPE (National Society of Professional Engineers) and AITP (Association of Information Technology Professionals). Here are some of the values that an IT Professional should hold.
Firstly, I believe that an IT professional should be trustworthy. IT professionals usually have access to a lot of customer data. I think they should not use customer data for personal interest and violate the privacy and confidentiality of customer data.
Secondly, I believe that IT professionals should diligently keep their personal knowledge and expertise up to date and use it when needed. IT is a fast growing field, therefore professionals should constantly hone their skills and knowledge on new and emerging technologies.
Thirdly, I believe that IT professionals should not misrepresent or withhold information about the capabilities of software and hardware. This is important because companies needs to use the full capability of the equipment that they have bought.
Fourthly, IT professionals should not take advantage of the incompetency of others in IT. IT is very sophisticated and requires lots of logical and analytical thinking abilities. The ability to understand how computers think and compute is also required. These skills are not usually learned in other fields, especially when technological terms are used. Because normal technology users do not have these specialized skills, they are more unaware thus making their confidential and private data easily obtained by more skillful technology users.
Fifthly, IT professionals should only perform services only in their areas of knowledge. They should take full responsibility of the projects they are involved in only if they have qualifications obtained from experience and educational background in their related field.
Lastly, IT professionals should be able to respect intellectual property and copyrights. They should not plagiarize works of other people, especially digital forms of music, program code, video, audio, articles, and etc.. They should purchase commercial software legally for personal use or as tools in their company projects. They should also ask for permission from the owner of a software property for use in their publications or projects.
Above is the word cloud for this article generated from wordle.com. I am not surprised that it does not really represent my beliefs well. However, there are some words that occur quite frequent such as professional, use, personal, information, knowledge, customer, data, software, projects, professions, and believe. All these words are just the words that I use frequently in the article and do not represent well my ideas.
The words professional and knowledge might mean something. It means that professionalism and knowledge is related to expertise and how well someone performs, which I think is crucial for being a good IT professional. The words personal, customer, information, data, software, and projects are things that IT engineers handle in their career. Most of the things involving morality in the IT world goes around privacy, confidentiality, security, honesty, and recognition of intellectual property. So no wonder those words occur frequently.